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Former cheerleading coach asks for bench trial

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Mar 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-21 18:35:42-04

Henrico County, Va. (WTVR) - We're learning new information in a high-profile case in Henrico County.

Maurice "Mo" Jerralds has requested a bench trial, which is a trial by judge instead of a trial by jury.

Jerralds, the former cheerleading coach is accused of having inappropriate relationships with some of his young students.

All felony charges against him will be tried together.

Is this move common? And why a judge instead of a jury trial?

CBS 6 Legal Analyst Todd Stone gives some perspective.